For the 2012 Edition, the festival is proud to announce the participation of :
- James Ellroy / Website Link
James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His mother was a nurse and his father, when he did work, was an accountant, among other things. When his parents divorced in 1954, his mother got custody and moved to El Monte (a low income area in L.A). His mother was murdered there in 1958. James Ellroy’s attempt to solve this still unsolved murder was the subject of his 1996 nonfiction work My Dark Places. After his mother’s death, he moved in with his father. Later in his life, he had troubles with alcohol because of which he suffered from pneumonia twice and developed what his doctor called “post-alcohol brain syndrome.” Fearing for his sanity, he joined AA and got sober. He earned steady money as a golf caddy and began to mentally formulate a mystery plot, which would become Brown’s Requiem.
James Ellroy’s L.A. Quartet novels — The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, and White Jazz — were international best-sellers. American Tabloid was Time Magazine’s novel of the year for 1995; his memoir, My Dark Places, was a Time Best Book and a New York Times Notable Book for 1996. His novel, The Cold Six Thousand, was a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year for 2001. His most recent novel, Blood’s A Rover (2009), is also an international bestseller; his newest memoir, The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women, was published September 2010 by Alfred A. Knopf. James Ellroy lives in Los Angeles.
- Pascal Bruckner / Website link
After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII Diderot, and then at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Bruckner became maitre de conférences at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.
Bruckner began writing in the vein of the so-called “nouveaux philosophes” and counts among their best known French proponents. He published Parias (Parias), Lunes de Fiel and Les voleurs de beauté (“The beauty stealers”). Among essays, La tentation de l’innocence (“Temptation of innocence”) and, famously, Le Sanglot de l’Homme blanc (“The Tears of the White Man”), an attack on narcissistic and destructive policies intended to benefit the Third World, and more recently La tyrannie de la pénitence (2006), an essay on the West’s endless self-criticism, translated as “The Tyranny of Guilt” (2010).
- Percival Everett / Website Link
Percival Everett has published 25 books throughout his career, among which are the novels Glyph, Erasure, The Water Cure, I Am not Sidney Poitier, and Assumption. Everett has received many awards, among which are the Academy award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction.
He is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California, and a former chair of that department. He was also the director of the PHD program in Literature and Creative Writing at the University. It is the word “former” that pleases him. Percival is also a painter. He trained mules and horses for ten years in the chaparral of Southern California and now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Danzy Senna, and their two sons
- Simon Liberati / Website link
Simon Liberati is a French journalist and writer. He did his studies at the Sorbonne, where he studied Latin grammar. After the Sorbonne, he became a journalist, writing for FHM, Grazia, and 20 years.
In 2011, the writer joined Editions Grasset where he published Jayne Mansfield in 1967 in which he recounts the tragic fate of the actress. The book was awarded the Prix Femina in November 2011 and has sold 35,000 copies.
-Allison Burnett / Website link
Allison Burnett grew up in Evanston, Illinois, the son of a clinical psychologist and a Northwestern University professor. After graduating from Northwestern, he moved to New York City, where he was a fellow of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at the Juilliard School.
Allison’s first novel, Christopher, was a finalist for the 2004 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Fiction. His second novel, The House Beautiful, was published in October 2006. His third novel, Undiscovered Gyrl, was published by Vintage Books in October 2009. His newest novel Death By Sunshine was published in 2012 by Writers Tribe Books.
Allison wrote and directed the 1997 feature film, Red Meat, as well as wrote or co-wrote a dozen other films, including Autumn in New York, Resurrecting the Champ, Feast of Love, Untraceable, Underworld Awakening and Gone.
- Michael Cirelli / Website link
Michael Cirelli has been a National Poetry Slam individual finalist and the only person to make all three Bay area slam teams in the same year, winning the finals in both San Francisco and Berkeley. A two-time member of both Oakland and Long Beach, Cirelli has performed all over the country, while teaching writing workshops to teenagers up and down the West coast. While in L.A., he was the director of PEN Center West’s, Poet In The Classroom program.
He is currently an MFA candidate at the New School University and the Director of Urban Word NYC.
- Rouda / Website link
Rouda is an active member in the exciting culture of slam, which comes straight from spoken word and the tradition of vocal battles.
After almost ten years of writing and performing, over the course of which he has produced a multitude of projects and collaborations, Rouda has now prepared a new album entitled “A l’Ombre des Brindilles” (In the Shadow of Twigs).
- Sylvère Lotringer / Website link
Sylvère Lotringer is Jean Baudrillard Chair at the European Graduate School EGS and Professor Emeritus of French literature and philosophy at Columbia University. He is based in Los Angeles and Baja, California. Sylvère Lotringer is a literary critic and cultural theorist. As the co-editor of Semiotext(e) and Foreign Agents book series he was instrumental in introducing French theory to the United States. His contributions range from philosophy, literature and art to architecture, anthropology and avant-garde movements.
- Noura Wedell / Website link
Noura Wedell is a writer, scholar and translator. She is visiting faculty in the M.F.A program and M.A. program in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California and also teaches at the Mountain School of Art (Los Angeles). She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and was assistant director of the Center for Studies in Poetics at the Ecole normale supérieure, Lyon, France from 2007 to 2011. During her time there, she co-founded a creative writing program with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, and worked with both the Lyon Art Biennale and the Lyon Contemporary Art Museum.
Wedell has organized a number of conferences and colloquiums, notably a symposium on the expanded field of writing in the works of Robert Morris, the collected papers of which are currently in press. Her research centers around experimental and conceptual writings, theory, the relation between text and image, and the intermingling of politics with aesthetics. She belongs to the editorial committee of French Experimental Writing Magazine Nioques. Editor and translator for Semiotext(e), she has translated Maurice Dantec, Tony Negri, Guy Hocquenguem, Paul Virilio, as well as Pierre Guyotat. She is currently translating Guyotat’s latest novel. Her first book, Odd directions, was published in 2009.
- Aurélien Masson / Website link
Aurélie Masson is the director of “Série Noire”, the french collection of crime novels of Gallimard editions. After his studies in History and Sociology in Paris, Aurélie Masson spent a gap year in South-Est Asian and America. He then joined Gallimard editions as an english lector.
Hand in hand with authors Antoine Chainas and DOA, he contributed to the rebirth of french hardboiled fictions in the 2000’s.
- Laure Murat / Website link
Laure Murat is a French historian and researcher specialized in cultural history as well as gender studies, who graduated from EHESS, the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences of Paris and pursued a History doctorate. She is currently a professor in the department of french and francophone studies of UCLA.
Laure Murat is the author of several books such as La Maison du docteur Blanche (The clinic of doctor Blanche), for which she received the prestigious prix Goncourt in the biography category, and Passage de l’Odéon. In 2006, she published an essay about the “third sex” entitled La loi du genre (The Law of Gender). Her work in her field was rewarded by the university when she recently received the Gugenheim fellowship in 2012.